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JBLM announces fallen soldier in Afghanistan – third this week

Post by Matt Misterek / The News Tribune on July 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
July 12, 2012 2:05 pm

A hard-hit Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade has lost another soldier in Afghanistan – the second in a span of five days – as the Army today announced the death of Spc. Sterling W. Wyatt, 21, of Columbia, Mo.

Wyatt was killed Wednesday when his vehicle was attacked by an enemy bomb in the southern province of Kandahar, where several thousand Lewis-McChord soldiers are deployed.

Wyatt was assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division and was serving his first tour of duty, according to unit records.

He joined the Army in November 2010, trained as an infantryman and was assigned to the base south of Tacoma in March 2011. In his Stryker brigade, he belonged to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment.

At the time of his death, he was more than halfway through a deployment that started in December.

Wyatt’s death brings to 18 the number of Lewis-McChord troops to have died in Afghanistan this year, according to Army reports and News Tribune records.

Spc. Juan Navarro, 23, was killed July 7 in Kandahar, and Staff Sgt. Raul Guerra, 37, died July 4 during his fifth deployment.

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